As the winter is here, I am trying to get a jump on some of the flies that will be needed in the coming months. As you can see I am busy tying up some Black Winter Stones, staging the bodies for some serious production tying. I have found a new product by Hareline that I have substituted for Senyo Shaggy Dub to replicate the legs, tails and antenna. Dandy Long Legs is virtually the same material only it is hanked and measures about 7 inches long, making it very easy to work with as you can see.
The material comes in a wide array of colors both earth tone and bright, and can be used in a variety of cool applications. I have been playing around with the stuff for ribbing and body material for midges and dry flies and it is a pleasure to work with. I will post some pictures of what I have done to date in a later post. I have also used the material to add a little color to streamers as well, pretty cool stuff to say the least.
As you can see I spun up a little mixed order of sorts for a regular customer who frequents my home waters. Come January, I will be placing minimums on my fly orders in terms of quantity, expect to see anywhere from a 1/2 dozen or dozen minimum on all flies in 2012.
In the course of perfecting a pattern, I sometimes change my mind several times before I am 100% happy with the final product. I have recently found that I prefer my Tiny Dancer Caddis tied on a TMC 206bl, which is an upturned black fine wired caddis emerger style hook that is 1x fine. This particular hook really balances the design out nicely and I highly recommend tying the fly on that particular hook.
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